"Another offering from the Roan Group. "Rage at Dawn" is an interesting, but not particularly classic western. What makes it stand apart from most is the introduction of espionage.Sturdy as ever, Scott is a "Peterson" man, an obvious allusion to the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency. He must infiltrate a gang of murderous outlaw brothers, and trick them into causing their own downfall. Their beautiful sister, a non-crook, and Scott naturally hit it off.Familiar faces? How about a clean-shaven Denver Pyle? Pyle, best known to TV viewers of the 1970's as the white-bearded Mad Jack on "Grizzly Adams", or Uncle Jessie Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard", Pyle was a supporting player in many westerns. Here, he plays the good brother who won't join in with his brothers' crookery. Then there's Edgar Buchanan, famous as old Uncle Joe from "Petticoat Junction". In this film, he plays a crooked judge, on the bad brothers' payroll.Of course, Forrest Tucker is the head bad guy, and J. Carrol Naish is along as another bad brother.A good, sturdy western, with Scott playing his usual smiling tough guy (kind of a non-emoting Gary Cooper). Always fun to see Scott playing it cool in the face of the bad guys."
Good Randolph Scott Western
Erik Rupp | Southern California | 06/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rage at Dawn is a good 1955 Western starring Randolph Scott as an undercover government agent who infiltrates the notorious Reno brothers gang. Scott (who was usually pretty good, but rarely great) gives one of his better performances in Rage, as all of his charm and personality comes shining through. Like many stars of that era who (to some degree) played variations on the same character for much of their careers (John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, to name a few) Randolph Scott found his niche in Westerns and it fit him like a glove.
While Rage at Dawn isn't an award winning movie, it is very entertaining, and a good example of 1950's moviemaking. The supporting cast is solid, and features a spirited performance from the late Denver Pyle. If Westerns are your cup of tea you could do a lot worse than to pick up Rage at Dawn.
Roan's DVD is actually pretty good. Sure, there is the common film reel "wobble" at the beginning, and there is plenty of dust and debris on this print, but the colors are still pretty good, and it is shown in anamorphic widescreen (unlike all the other versions of this movie on DVD). The picture is a little soft, but still not too bad considering its age. The sound is a bit muffled, but still listenable (I've heard a lot worse). While this may not be a shining example of an anamorphic widescreen DVD it is more than passable for a public domain movie from the 1950's. This would seem to be the best version of Rage at Dawn currently available."
Good Ole Oater...But....Not The Best Buy...
L. Shirley | fountain valley, ca United States | 05/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rage At Dawn": From 1955, this one is in technicolor and is based on the Reno Brothers. Robbing banks, terrorizing the good townspeople, and just being a general menace to society, these guys needed to be stopped! Enter one brave lawman James Barlow( Randolph Scott), who infiltrates the outfit and tries to restore law and order to the community. It's not easy though, as the town leaders are getting kick backs from the bad guys are are not willing partcipants to seeing justice done! More wonderful stars include Forrest Tucker and an appearance by Edgar Buchanan. Directed by Tim Whelan.
This film may also be purchased as part of a couple of Randy Scott sets: Rage At Dawn / Abilene Townor for even more Scott Great American Western V.1, Thewith 4 films that include this one plus "To The Last Man"/1933,"The Fighting Westerner"/1935, and "Abilene Town"/1946. They all star Randolph Scott, and include lots of famous faces from the era. There are many Great American Western series available for those who love these old oaters and is a much more inexpensive way to go. These films are not pristeen,but for the most part are an enjoyable view and most have had the sound enhanced in DD5.1. For the price of them, I thought Platinum, did a great job of putting together so many of these packages for us Western lovers to choose from.
Happy Trails...and enjoy...Laurie"
Roan version best of the lot.
Lawrence W. Stephens | 07/03/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is what appears to be. The master negative is lost, and is probably the main reason this went public domain. All the prints I have seen except the Roan are from the same print source. Soft focus, poor color, and full screen. It is probably not pan and scan but the print minus the masking used to make it 1:85. At least Roan put it to 1:85 and found a sharper and somewhat better color print, but with more sprocket wear. I compared both sources at about 20 places. The Roan version wins! This is the one to get. I doubt you will find any better. The source prints are the culprits, not the DVD Company. If you are a Randolph Scott fan (as I am) it is a good enough western. If not, this public domain print might not be your cup of tea."
Southern Hoosier "pioneers"
Wayne Engle | Madison, IN United States | 10/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had a special, selfish reason for enjoying this vintage western: The action all takes place within 25-50 miles of my hometown of Madison, IN. When I began watching the movie I thought it was just another western -- until I heard the names "North Vernon" and "Seymour" mentioned. What a shock! This was one of Randolph Scott's last few movies -- he was 57 by this time, rather long in the tooth to be playing Mala Powers' love interest. But he managed. After all, when you're tall, have kept yourself in pretty good shape, and still have all your hair, with a distinguished gray cast, you can get away with that. The film moves along briskly -- slightly under 90 minutes in length -- and is based pretty closely on the true story of the Reno brothers, Hoosiers who pulled what is considered the first peacetime train robbery in world history on Oct. 6, 1866, near their hometown of Seymour. The train caper was just one of many done by the four brothers and their gang. They really did rob several county treasurer's offices -- some as far away as Iowa -- as depicted in the movie. And several of them really did meet the grisly end shown here, at the hands of an organized band of vigilantes who decided that Seymour and Jackson County in southern Indiana had seen enough of the Reno boys and that the law would do nothing about their career of crime. A special added fillip to this movie is that one of the stars, Forrest Tucker, was a native Hoosier in real life. The Reno brothers weren't Hoosiers to be proud of, and their "first" wasn't one to be bragged about by their descendants. But I'm just state-proud enough to say I'm glad they made this movie, and glad that it was so faithful to the true story of the Renos."